By Miller from Miller and Me
You own a pair of glasses. They sit on the bridge of your nose, every minute of every day. These glasses are special; you can’t take them off or give them to anyone else, you probably can’t even tell they’re there. You view the world through these tinted glasses. Everything you do or see, every encounter you have or book you read slightly alters the tint to your glasses of perception.
I heard this metaphor a couple of years ago and I’ve held onto it tightly ever since. It simply describes how unique our perception of ourselves and the world is, yet I found it quite powerful. We all have different perceptions of ourselves and surroundings. These metaphorical glasses are the driving force behind our individuality, beliefs and opinions; the base of what makes us who we are.
Everyone’s had experiences that’s made them go, ‘wow, I never thought of it like that’. A trip to a foreign land that opened your eyes to life’s diversity. Tribulations that turned your world upside down and forever altered your approach to life. Experience, whether it be good or bad, is the crux of what makes us who we are. Whenever you experience a life-changing event you generally learn a thing or two, helping shape your personality and values. Think about a time when your life changed significantly. What did you learn? How did that mould you into the person you are today?
Experience is the medium used to tint our glasses. Through experience, we are given insight into life and tools to add to our ‘life-kit’. Experience changes our perception of the world and ourselves.
I can’t see my glasses, but they help me see the world and myself too. Most of the time we’re our own harshest critics, sometimes for gain and sometimes to our detriment. Days where we sigh at the sight of flaws, and will them to disappear, are inevitable. Our glasses see Instagram feeds bombarded with picturesque shots of pretty and pristine. How can we not want a share of this perfection? But we forget there’s no such thing as perfect in an imperfect world. We need to focus on our whole selves, not just a tiny scar or undesired figure.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. – Mary Engelbreit
The perception we have of ourselves and life around us is constantly changing. I’m still learning and growing every day. Through experience, we discover different aspects of ourselves that we may not otherwise have known. We grow and learn and become more complete people. Adding facets to our repertoire of life skills, I guess you could say.
There are so many things that make you great. Your talents, passions, but one thing that stands out and sets you apart from the crowd is the way you see the world. You are the only one that can view life with your set of glasses. Because of your perception you have things to offer the world that no one else can. Sure, people can have similar experiences and opinions to you but absolutely no one has the perspective on life that you do.
Remember that, because it is something truly amazing.
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